Princeton, NJ, June 17, 2014–The Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI) will present their eighteenth annual lectureship as part of their summer workshop. The event, which will take place in Stuart Hall, Room 6, on Wednesday, July 9 at 7:00 p.m. on the Princeton Seminary campus, will discuss what it means to be a Latin@ with a Ph.D., both for the individual and for the community at large. The lectureship is free and open to the public.

2014 hti lectureship mainAddressing the topic “Latin@, You Have a Ph.D., So What?” are Dr. Sarita Brown, president of Excelencia in Education based in Washington DC, Dr. Arturo Chávez, president and chief executive officer of Mexican American Catholic College in San Antonio, Texas, and Dr. Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, vice president of education and dean of Esperanza College at Eastern University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

HTI is the only program in the nation that focuses on supporting Latin@ leaders to achieve doctoral degrees in religious and theological studies. “Given the cost and the time commitment, a Ph.D. degree is a difficult degree for any ethnic group to attain. Many believe that since Latin@s largely lack the financial resources and social capital to achieve success in these highly competitive programs, a doctoral degree is among the least likely degrees for Latin@s to aim for,” said Joanne Rodriguez, director of HTI.

The lectures will be followed by a reception in the Private Dining Room of the Mackay Campus Center. For more information, contact HTI at 609.252.1721.

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